Pesky fact about the internet: nothing ever goes away. For Camila Cabello, this is a fact that seems to rear its ugly head at least once a year.
On Wednesday, the singer took to Instagram to post an apology, addressing offensive language she used in the past. Many believe the post was prompted by a lengthy Twitter thread that shows the alleged posts from Camila's now-defunct Tumblr page. In addition to racial slurs reblogged on the page, there is a joke about domestic abuse.
"When I was younger, I used language that I'm deeply ashamed of and will regret forever," Camila's statement began. "I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologize then and I apologize again now."
"I'm 22 now, I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn't before," she added.
The Tumblr page has yet to be officially verified by Camila, but she's also been accused of using the N-word in private messages that were hacked from her phone, with some uses of the word allegedly in reference to her former Fifth Harmony members, including Normani. While these instances are hard to 100% verify, Camila's apology seems to admit she used some form of racist language in the past.
Camila addressing her actions — to whatever extent she said what she said — is important. As an adult, it's important to address your past mistakes. But her apology is no radical act. And her intentions will never be fully known. What is known is that empathy's best evidence is through actions, and we would hope that racist and demeaning words will never be uttered by her again.
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